Jacqueline Susann & Irving Mansfield

Jacqueline Susann and Irving Mansfield
1938 - 1974

Jacqueline Susann and Irving Mansfield  


Jacqueline Susann and Irving Mansfield were married for 35 years before Jacqueline Susann died, leaving behind her partner and 1 child.

They had a son named Guy.


American Writer Jacqueline Susann was born on 20th August, 1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA and passed away on 21st Sep 1974 New York, New York, USA aged 53. She is most remembered for Valley of the Dolls. Her zodiac sign is Leo.

American Film/TV Producer Irving Mansfield was born Irving Harvey Mansfield on 23rd July, 1908 in Brooklyn, NY, USA and passed away on 25th Aug 1988 Manhattan, NY, USA aged 80. He is most remembered for Jacqueline Susann`s Valley of the Dolls. His zodiac sign is Cancer.


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Relationship Statistics

DatingApr 1938 - 2nd Apr 1939 1 year
Married2nd Apr 1939 - 21st Sep 1974 35 years, 6 months
Total Apr 1938 - 21st Sep 1974 36 years, 6 months

(April 2, 1939 - September 21, 1974) (her death) 1 child
a son named Guy, was diagnosed as severely autistic and was institutionalized most of his life.
After arriving in New York City, Susann landed bit parts in movies, plays (such as The Women), and commercials. A year later, she landed a decent theatrical job playing a lingerie model, earning $25.00 a week. While in New York City, Susann met a press agent, Irving Mansfield (né Mandelbaum). The two dated despite the fact that Susann was not sexually attracted to Mansfield. In turn, Mansfield wooed Susann by placing items and photos of her in theater and society sections of New York newspapers. The ploy worked, and the couple married on April 2, 1939, at Har Zion Temple in Philadelphia.
After the wedding, Mansfield went on to manage Susann's career. Mansfield made sure Susann was placed in news columns, and she soon was a regular on The Morey Amsterdam Show. She then got a spot in the Broadway show A Lady Says Yes, starring Carole Landis and Jack Albertson. The following year, Susann wrote her first play, Lovely Me, for production on Broadway. It closed after only 37 performances.
Despite Mansfield's devotion to Susann, rumors of her infidelities surfaced throughout their marriage. One of Susann's first affairs was with actor/comedian/singer Eddie Cantor. Cantor hired Susann for a role in the touring production of the play, Banjo Eyes. Cantor dumped Susann after his wife discovered the affair and demanded that he quit the play. In 1942, Susann met comedian Joe E. Lewis and the two began an affair. Susann fell hard for Lewis, which prompted her to write Mansfield a "Dear John" letter shortly after he was drafted by the United States Army in 1943. When Lewis learned that Susann and Mansfield separated and that Susann intended to marry Lewis, he applied for a USO position and was sent to New Guinea.
In late 1944, Mansfield and Susann got back together, and in 1946, the couple had a son whom they named Guy. At age three, Guy was diagnosed as autistic. The following year, Guy was committed to an institution, where he remains to this day. Mansfield and Susann told no one of their son's true condition; they told friends Guy was asthmatic and placed in a school in Arizona for the healthy climate. For the rest of her life, Susann was tormented with guilt over institutionalizing her son.

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Relationship Timeline

September, 1974 - Breakup

2nd April, 1939 - Marriage

April, 1938 - Hookup

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Age (at start of relationship)
Film/TV Producer
Hair Color
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